Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy orchestrated the planning of Good Deeds Day activities, arranged pre-event donation collections, and successfully brought the community together for this day of giving back.
The theme of this year’s local Good Deeds Day was Art From the Heart. A month prior to the event, community members were asked to drop-off art supply donations to the 8 collection sites located all throughout town. The bins, filled to the brim with art supplies, will benefit Jewish Family Service programs that offer childhood, single parent, and family development services. It’s not too late! Art supplies are being collected until March 31, and donations to purchase art supplies and fleece blankets for Ronald McDonald House are still being accepted. Click here to make a donation.
In addition to the collection of art supplies and funds raised to purchase art and blanket-making materials, Art From the Heart was incorporated into the day’s activities. Teens had the option to participate in blanket making with residents of the Vi, a local retirement community; art therapy with elderly residents of Seacrest Village, a senior housing and healthcare organization; and various arts & crafts projects at Promises2Kids, a child abuse prevention and advocacy organization for children in foster care.
Another Good Deeds Day co-chair, Britney Ewing, had a completely different, yet just as satisfying of an experience with her group of 45 teens at Promises2Kids (P2K). “ I was impressed by the entire group as they were not only eager to get to work, but also as they sat completely engaged while inquisitively listening to a P2K representative describe their critical work with youth,” said Britney. “Within seconds after hearing the short presentation, amazing questions were asked. The teens wanted to know what else they could do and expressed interest in becoming more involved with P2K. A few in the group brought up their upcoming bar/bat mitzvah projects, and discussed ways in which to incorporate and support P2K, which I plan to personally follow-up on with parents.”
Kol Ha’Kavod to Women’s Philanthropy and to all volunteers!